Now that I’m almost four hats into the Setesdal Hat knitalong, it’s time to find my next adventure from Field Guide No. 23: Glow. I’m thinking about mittens.
Arne & Carlos cooked up an extremely jaunty design, the Rosy Mittens.
The shape of these mittens is a venerable Norwegian silhouette—the pointed tips are classic.
The fronts are fancy, a riff on a traditional Norwegian stitch pattern. The palms are simple.
Feeling a bit fraught at the moment, I’m going to make my Rosy Mittens with this simple colorwork on both sides, not just the palms.
I love the geometry of it, and I think I’ll enjoy the groove of a pattern that repeats.
One thing that is going to be interesting: my color choices.
I’m using this Rosy Mittens yarn bundle, in the Ravn colorway that we’ve got in the Shop.
Five skeins of Rowan Norwegian Wool, in primary colors plus black and pink.
Allison and I were studying this bundle, and the pairing that intrigues us is a most untraditional combination: Frost Pink and Gold Nugget.
Knitting stranded colorwork in two colors that are so close in value? Not traditional! Light/dark contrast is a familiar component of Norwegian stranded colorwork. For my combination, I’m throwing tradition out the window—you can see the value of each color when you view it in black and white.
Very little light/dark contrast here.
By comparison, the traditional black-and-red colorway has a decent amount of light/dark contrast when viewed in black and white.
These are Ribbon Red and Peat.
I’m OK with my combination having little value contrast. I’ve made stuff before with low contrast, and it’s just a different, subtle effect.
My duplicate stitch game will be interesting. I’ll have red, black, and blue to use for accents, no idea what I’ll do with them.
Stay tuned! Itching to get started on these.
Meanwhile . . .
The Setesdal Hat knitalong is getting really fun, now that so many hats are being finished. The colorways are fascinating to see. Have a peep over in the Lounge to see what I’m talking about.
And to everybody’s who’s getting those hats finished, my hat’s off to you! Well done!